There is good news in the offing for those students who cherish the dream to become doctors by seeking admission into private and deemed medical colleges. Reportedly, the Union Health Ministry has asked the Board of Governors (BoG), vested with powers of the MCI, to check the feasibility of fee reduction from the next academic session.
The BoG a panel tasked with drafting guidelines is pondering to slash fees for half of graduate and post-graduate seats by 70 per cent and 90 per cent respectively.
According to sources, with this reduction planned by the BoG, fees of 50 per cent of MBBS seats in private medical colleges will range between Rs 6 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.
The development comes as the constitution of National Medical Commission is under the process.
Currently, in a number of states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, MBBS students are charged Rs 25 lakh annually.
The fee for the three-year PG courses in several medical colleges ranges between Rs one crore to Rs three crore.
The NMC Act, which seeks to usher in mega reforms in the medical education sector, received the assent of the President on August 8 and was notified the same day. The Act provides for setting up of an NMC in place of the Medical Council of India for development and regulation of all aspects of medical education, profession and institutions.
The BoG is learnt to have held consultations with states and sought their suggestions for framing draft guidelines for the fee structure.
The Board of Governors has been requested to prepare draft guidelines for fee regulation so that it can be used as a base document by NMC, a senior Health Ministry official said.
The President had dissolved the Medical Council of India (MCI) in 2018 and a BoG was appointed to perform its functions.
Nearly 50 per cent of total MBBS seats in the country are in government colleges, which have nominal fees. Of the remaining seats, 50 per cent would be regulated by NMC.
This means that almost 75 per cent of total seats in the country would be available at reasonable fees.